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Several years ago, I came across an interesting study about second generation wealth. In the article, the author noted that the wealth accumulated by the first generation was often squandered by the second. I believe the same observation can be made in the case of leadership in Christian institutions and local churches. There have been many instances in which founding pastors and leaders have watched their ministries change for the worse because their successor never grasped the burden of the founder.
The transition of Moses and Joshua is a clear example that the second generation can continue the ministry. God called Moses to lead Israel out of the bondage of Egypt. Later, He would call Joshua to lead Israel and deliver them into the Promised Land. While these men faced different challenges and circumstances, their core values and beliefs remained the same.
For Ambassador to stay the course, the second generation must have the same passion as the first generation. From day one, the passion of Ambassador Baptist College has been to train young men and women for the ministry. Preaching has always been primary. To emphasize that the preaching is the most important part of the day, classes are fifty minutes in length and the chapel service is one hour. Academically qualified, experienced teachers are training our students, because we want them to get the best ministry education possible. Students are required to go soul-winning and are active in various ministries of their local churches. Conservative Christian music has been the standard now for twenty years. This passion for the ministry must continue for Ambassador to stay the course.
It is also important that the second generation have the same position as the first generation. Many books have been written on the subject of leadership; however, many aspiring leaders would do well to read books on servanthood. Throughout the book of Joshua, Moses is referred to as a servant of God. In Joshua 24:29, Joshua is called “the servant of the Lord.” Without a doubt, the greatest title ascribed to these two leaders was “servant.” Dr. Comfort has endeavored to be an example of servanthood in his evangelistic ministry. That spirit has trickled down into the classroom. Students are taught to be servants in their churches and ministries.
As the leader of the college, Dr. Comfort has also emphasized the fact that the college is a servant to local churches. Ambassador has the honor of training students from more than 130 different local churches this semester. Our students serve in over twenty-five independent Baptist churches within a two-hour radius of the college. The college does not exist to lead churches, but rather to help them and serve them. A servant’s heart is vital to the continuation of ABC.
Lastly, the second generation must realize it has the same promises as the first generation. Just as there were many obstacles and difficulties in founding Ambassador, more will be faced in the years to come. For Moses, it was the Red Sea; and for Joshua, it was the Jordan River. The same God that led Dr. Comfort to start the school is the same God that can lead the second generation to continue it. The Lord has fulfilled His promises many times in these past twenty years. People have been saved. Spiritual needs have been met. Many of God’s people have generously given to assist us in training young people for the ministry. God will not leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He will continue to meet our needs “according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19). May God receive much glory and honor in the years to come, as He continues to fulfill His promises to the second generation!
During the past few months, many have expressed that they are praying for the future of Ambassador Baptist College. Would you join this special group? With your prayers and support and God’s grace, I believe Ambassador Baptist College will stay the course.